Swansea Market has secured the funding to deliver a £439,000 improvement package.
The work will include the addition of public toilets, along with a multi-purpose communal area, free public Wi-Fi, new interactive LED signs and improved entrances.
Work has started on the Market improvement package – the first of five projects to begin is the creation of a new public toilet unit.
It is near the market’s Quadrant entrance and is being converted from a stall formerly occupied by the Powder Room.
It will have three unisex cubicles, including a fully accessible unit, and a Changing Places facility for those with profound care needs.
The facility will be free to use, will be open during market opening times and will be maintained by Market staff.
The work, by Swansea-based Edmunds Webster, started on May 18 and is expected to be completed this summer.
Other changes being planned include a multi-purpose communal area, free public Wi-Fi, new interactive LED signs and improved entrances.
Work is being carried out with a close focus on Government social distancing guidelines.
The Market remains temporarily closed to the public at present, although a number of traders are offering delivery services to help the local community through the coronavirus crisis.
Work is due to start this summer and will be carried out with a close focus on Government social distancing guidelines.
Robert Francis-Davies, the council’s cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: “I’m glad that we can announce this important work.
“We have worked closely with market traders and listened to customers to identify and prioritise the significant improvements that will ensure Swansea Market retains and develops its identity as the heart of the city centre.
“The improvements focus on strengthening the market’s overall offer to the public and traders. Our plan will improve its attractiveness as a destination and further raise its profile as a key shopping attraction and city centre landmark.
“Whilst it is recognised that the effects of the pandemic will last for some time, the council remains steadfast in its support for local businesses and the continued development of Swansea as a world class destination.”
The £439,000 improvement project is being part funded by the Welsh Government’s Transforming Towns programme and the council.
The Improvements include:
- Customer toilets. This will include unisex cubicles, including a fully accessible unit, and a Changing Place facility for those with profound care needs. A contractor to undertake this work is due to be appointed shortly and work will begin in due course in line with safety guidelines.
- Communal area for seating, eating, meeting and greeting. This will be a welcoming and flexible multi-use space at the heart of the Market. It will be clearly demarked by a bespoke, creative design to build a stand-out visual feature and help position the market as a visitor attraction. It will feature indoor garden styling, bringing the outdoors in and reflecting the council’s aspirations for a greener city centre. Located in the area currently occupied by casual traders, it will continue to host events such as the popular Vegan Mini-Market. Casual traders will continue to be accommodated.
- Connectivity. In order to support market businesses – and to give visitors the best possible experience – Wi-Fi will be installed throughout the building.
- Customer Information. To help customers easily and quickly find what they need in the market, the venue’s four entrance foyers will each get an interactive digital LED screen. They will show the location of stalls and will provide up-to-date customer information about events, activities and promotions in the market and across the city centre.
- Entrance Enhancements. The Market’s four public entrances will be redesigned to remain highly accessible and to raise the market’s profile through improved visibility and appeal.
Although we are currently closed to the public, a number of traders are offering delivery services to help the local community through the coronavirus crisis, more on that can be found here: http://www.swanseaindoormarket.co.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-update/